Here is an article by Gary DeMar of American Vision defending Kirk Cameron.
In referring to the CNN interview Cameron said, “I expressed the same views that are expressed clearly and emphatically throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. As a Bible-believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way…”
Increasingly, social bullies like GLADD are merciless in their attack on Christians who openly share their faith, and God’s truth that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful. Kirk is not ashamed of the Gospel and I think he deserves our thanks.
We need to follow Kirk’s example. There is no call to back down from what we know is right. If we stick together on these issues, we can beat back the ideological bullies. One way to do this is to connect with others of like mind. Blog about it. Write your friends. Post on social media networks. Yes, you’ll be criticized. That’s what the Left does. But keep at it. We need to show the bullies that they are not in charge, that their views are minority positions. They get their way because too many conservatives compromise and back down.
I believe Christians are partially too blame for this dynamic. Many Christians have accepted the fundamentally liberal premise that you can not appeal directly to religion in the public square with regard to matters of public policy. So they make arguments that homosexuality is “unnatural,” “unhealthy,” ”destructive,” etc. And that homosexual “marriage” is without precedent in history, will destroy the family, etc. Now all of these things are true, but these are essentially utilitarian arguments. Utilitarian arguments can be countered with other utilitarian arguments and bested with the trumps cards of equality and tolerance.
Cameron is right. “As a Bible-believing Christian, (he) could not have answered any other way…”
In my opinion it is wiser to just appeal to God and the Bible directly. Where in the Bible does it say Christians can’t appeal to the Bible in the public square? In fact, it tells us to do just that.
If the PC thought police are going on about how someone is a bigot and a hater and out of touch blah, blah, blah… because they don’t think homosexuality is just peachy and the alleged hater is stammering around defensively about history and family structure etc. then he looks bad. He looks like someone who is just trying to rationalize a visceral distaste. But if he says “The Bible clearly and unambiguously condemns homosexual behavior” then he has changed the terms. It is not then about modernity vs. an individual’s prejudices, it is about affirming or denying the validity of the Bible.
Now some might argue that that is not an argument Christians are going to win these days, that avoiding direct appeals to religion in the public square is an essential PR strategy in modern America, and they may be right. But the results are up to God. It is the responsibility of Christians to proclaim His Word in love and the chips will fall where they may.
In my experience as a Southerner, in the ”Bible Belt” direct appeals to Christianity and the Bible do still hold some weight. Even among non-believers and nominal Christians I find that there is a reluctance to say the Bible is bunk in so many words. So they’ll come up with something about interpretation or the Old Testament or “who are you to judge?” or “that is fine for you to believe but I believe…” etc. This is probably not true in all parts of the country.
(As a side note, Gary DeMar, who is militantly anti-dispensational, has been critical of Cameron in the past for his association with the dispensational Left Behind film series. This proves that the dispensational/anti-dispensational argument is an in-house Christian debate. The homosexuality debate is a Christianity vs. the world debate. Sometimes Christians can argue amongst themselves. Sometimes they need to band together against a common foe.)